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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.4

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.4
page 188



. . m fengers to lord Thomas Percy, their lenéfchal, who ' m» on the expedition with Ac captai de Buch. • At the fame rime that lord Thomas Percy re-ceived this information, ir John Devereux, who rcfided in the caftle of la Rochelle, was told that the conftable of France, having encamped before Poitiers, had reconnoitred the place, and that the inhabitants were the more afraid he would be-fiege it becaufe their féntfchal was abfent. Sir John did not hear this intelligence with indiffère ence, but let about to aid and comfort die Poke* vins : he- marched from la Rochelle, with only fifty lances, having appointed, on his departure, one of Ms fquires, named Philip Manfeï, governor of the caftle until Ms netum. He took the road to Poi-tiers, which he entered § and die cittzens teftified Aehr obligations to Mm for it. ' The principal citizemwho brought the news from Poitiers to lord Thomas Pocy, fcrving in the cap-tifs army, begged of Mm to batten thither s and as they expefted an immediate fiege, to bring with him as ftrong a force as he could, for the French army was very confiderable. On hearing this, lord Thomas explained the bufinefs to the captai, to know what he would fay to it. The captai, hav-ing confidered it, was unwilling to break up Ms expedition, but gave lord Thomas Percy leave to go there : he fet off, and on Ms arrival in Puttiers was received with great joy by the inhabitants, who were very defirous of having him among them. He found fir John Devereux their, ma great


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